At the upcoming PCA Convention & Trade Show, Quality Importers Trading Co. will be unveiling the Ballista, a new table lighter for its Palió brand.

The Ballista draws its design inspiration from the company’s Torcia pocket lighter, using an ergonomic capsule-shaped housing with a flame adjuster wheel at the bottom and a large ignition trigger at the top that simultaneously opens and closes the protective burner cover. Underneath that cover is an oversized single-jet flame that offers the ability to quickly light thicker ring gauges as well as the precision to light more slender cigars.

The fuel tank is capable of holding 10g of butane, which the company says results in very infrequent fill-ups. Large air vents assist in keeping the lighter from overheating while enhancing performance at high altitude.

The Ballista is being offered in five colors: black, blue, gunmetal, red and silver, each with an MSRP of $29.99. It measures 2.125 inches x 0.875 x 3.5 and weighs 5.4 oz.

It is scheduled to ship in September.

Drew Estate is the sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.